Broadcast Management Group was contracted by Amazon to provide live production support and technical management for “IMDb Asks” – a live series shot at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, UT. “IMDb Asks” was Amazon’s first ever live production.
Broadcast Management Group was contacted less than two weeks before the start of Sundance, which did not allow enough time to complete a proper site survey before the live production. In the two weeks leading up to “IMDb Asks”, Broadcast Management Group’s live production team participated in weekly phone calls with Amazon to discuss technical logistics and feasibility.
The “IMDb Asks” series took place at a sushi restaurant in downtown Park City. The space was transformed into “The IMDb Studio”, which featured a guest lounge, 3-camera interview set, and on-site editing facilities. The IMDb team was on-location shooting multi-camera interviews, which were edited and posted online to IMDb.com as VOD content. Broadcast Management Group was brought in to turn the existing interview setup into a live production environment. The biggest challenge with the venue was space. We had a very limited footprint to setup our production equipment and all empty road cases needed to be stored in a storage locker in the basement of the venue. Despite the limited workspace, we were able to technically accommodate every aspect of the live production.
Broadcast Management Group’s CEO and EVP of Production traveled to Park City, UT to support the “IMDb Asks” live production, serving the rolls of Executive in Charge of Production, Technical Director, and Production Manager.
“IMDb Asks” featured live 1-on-1 and 1-on-2 interviews with actors and celebrities who were attending Sundance to promote upcoming film projects. Each interview was shot and switched live in Park City and transmitted to Amazon’s control room in New York where the show was directed and graphics and roll-in packages were added. Broadcast Management Group provided the switcher, comms package, audio, primary and back-up transmissions and multi-view monitoring, seamlessly integrating the 4 camera remote location with the Amazon’s control room in New York.